Hello, we are students studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam attempting to gain a better understanding of the global burden of disease. In this blog, we will focus on the double burden of disease in Indonesia, a South-East Asian country. More specifically, we will present the double burden interactions within malnutrition, which appears to be a significant problem in the regions within Indonesia. While the country is making strides in urban and economic development, malnutrition still remains an enormous issue due to poverty, lack of nutritional education and the availability and low price of processed foods in wealthy areas.
Malnutrition has many consequences, some more than others. For example, it can be found in both underweight and obese individuals. Being overweight can lead to non-communicable diseases such as type II diabetes or hypertension, while being underweight has been shown to stunt growth and decrease IQ in children. Furthermore, it has been linked to communicable diseases; studies have indicated an increased risk of malaria.
We plan on further exploring the implications of these double burdens and their causing agents with a focus on how Indonesian culture perpetuates them throughout the blog. We hope this blog will bring you more insight on the problem of the double burden of disease in Indonesia.
Hannah, Una, Jessica, Devon, Eline